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Data Driven Decisions

Posted By Erin L. Lasch CAE, Thursday, November 2, 2017

By Ernie Hartong, ARCSI Executive Director


Thank you to the 131 people who submitted data for our 2017 Benchmarking Survey. I am a firm believer that data driven decisions are most times, if not always, better decisions. This year’s survey cannot only help you make decisions for your business, but also helps our staff make better programming decisions.


Here are a few highlights:

  • 56% of the respondents had gross sales of less than $500,000, and 18% were over $1 million, numbers which certainly reflect the ARCSI, A Division of ISSA membership.
  • 35% of the respondents reported a growth rate of more than 10% in 2016
  • The largest number of respondents came from the south region, 43%
  • 34% of the respondents have more than 200 repeat clients
  • Only 39% reported a formal training program with testing
  • Not surprisingly, the top business challenge was recruiting & retraining quality employees
  • 65% of the companies that reported a turnover rate of less than 10%, pay $13-$15 per hour

The downloadable version of the complete survey is available in the ARCSI Online Store. It is 30 pages of data and information that will allow you to see how your business compares to the rest of the industry and can help you make better data driven decisions.


This and That


Thank you gain for everyone who helped in making our 2017 Show and Convention a success. The new “Residential Pavilion” received rave reviews from the attendees and the vendors. Mark your calendar now for Dallas, October 29 – November 1, 2018 and plan to bring your Halloween costume. Remember, everything’s bigger in Texas!

We are nearing the end of our first year with our merger with ISSA. I believe it has gone well and we have been able to provide members with additional resources and we certainly have received great staff support from our colleagues in Chicago. Their help will allow us to launch several new programs in 2018.


Send me your comments regarding what you would like to see us do new in 2018, or improve upon with our existing programs. We can’t fit it, if we don’t know about it. Email me at


See you in Tucson in April!

P.S. Halloween is the best time to have grandkids! 

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